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Downhill Cycling Tour - Batung Volcano and rural Ubud

02/11/11

semi-overcast 30 °C
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Early the next morning we were met by our guides Marty and Wayan. The itinerary was comprehensive; it began with a scenic drive through the rural and artisan area, with a pause overlooking cascading paddy fields before our first destination, a coffee plantation.

Rina and Adam, photo over cascading rice paddy fields in Bali 02/11/11

Rina and Adam, photo over cascading rice paddy fields in Bali 02/11/11

After sampling their range of herbal teas, coffees, fruit and chocolates, we continued higher up the valley to a restaurant overlooking the volcano. After breakfast we started our downhill cycle. The weather was warm and humid but fortunately overcast.

After a false start with faulty brakes, we glided down the narrow roads, taking in the views of the countryside. It was an easy descent with only some steep parts, there was hardly any need to pedal at all. This all downhill route took around 3 hours, with our guides stopping on occasion to show us temples, local village homes and rice harvesting at the fields. The locals were kind and friendly, kids were running up to give us high fives as we rode past and we could hear greetings echoing all day.

Ending with a lunch back in central Ubud we were dropped off at our bungalow. It was a great insight into Bali village life, definitely worth more than the $35 AUD we spent for the day!

After a massage in the evening we ran into Anna and Luke and swapped travel stories over dinner.

Asian Palm Civet - 02/11/11

Asian Palm Civet - 02/11/11

Coffee and herbal tea tasting at the coffee plantation - 02/11/11

Coffee and herbal tea tasting at the coffee plantation - 02/11/11

Rina sampling her favourite fruit again - 02/11/11

Rina sampling her favourite fruit again - 02/11/11

Civet droppings for extraction of fermented coffee beans - 02/11/11

Civet droppings for extraction of fermented coffee beans - 02/11/11

Fruit sampling at local coffee plantation - 02/11/11

Fruit sampling at local coffee plantation - 02/11/11

Breakfast at Batung Volcano - 02/11/11

Breakfast at Batung Volcano - 02/11/11

Hindu offerings of fruit, meat and snacks overlooking Batung volcano - 02/11/11

Hindu offerings of fruit, meat and snacks overlooking Batung volcano - 02/11/11

Beginning of our downhill cycle - 02/11/11

Beginning of our downhill cycle - 02/11/11

Posted by adamandrina 09:12 Archived in Indonesia Tagged bali indonesia cycling kuta ubud Comments (0)

No looking back now

Bali, Indonesia

sunny 30 °C
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It is much cooler in Bali than in Darwin. Exiting the airport is a tense process, for even collecting your luggage requires outsmarting the “porter fee”. After visa processing and customs, we are hounded by money changers from their booths, before catching a taxi to our hotel via the after school peak hour.

Luckily during this time we met a sunny couple Luke and Anna from Lincolnshire, UK. Energetic company and great travel advice. Definitely learnt a lot from them as they’d been away for longer than 4 days.

We were in Kuta for the first night, then headed inland to Ubud then Bingin.

Despite some knowledge of the language we struggle to even cross the road in Kuta. The traffic is constant, with motorbikes and cars overtaking incessantly with disregard for lanes. Kuta is a bustling city, it was great to be somewhere so totally different.

The sights and smells, the food, faces, language, the hospitality – Bali has an atmosphere that can only be described as warm and welcoming.

Sunset in Kuta Beach, Bali - 31/10/11

Sunset in Kuta Beach, Bali - 31/10/11

Ubud - Artisan Village and the Monkey Forest

Ubud is around 1 hour from Kuta. We spend two days there, visiting the Monkey Forest temple, the markets and main shopping district. $1 AUD is 9,000 Indonesian Rupiah – we were eating far too much with $20 each day. 1.5L of water sets you back only 30c, hopefully this gives you an idea of how budget friendly Bali is!

We got up close with the local residents in Monkey Forest temple. It was truly fascinating to watch such animated behaviour.

Monkey Family, Monkey Forest, Ubud - 01/11/11

Monkey Family, Monkey Forest, Ubud - 01/11/11

Monkey, Monkey Forest, Ubud - 01/11/11

Monkey, Monkey Forest, Ubud - 01/11/11

Monkey, Monkey Forest, Ubud - 01/11/11

Monkey, Monkey Forest, Ubud - 01/11/11

Monkey Forest Temple, Ubud - 01/11/11

Monkey Forest Temple, Ubud - 01/11/11

Posted by adamandrina 18:37 Archived in Indonesia Tagged bali indonesia monkey kuta ubud monkey_forest Comments (1)

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